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Bahrain: Human rights defender remains jailed

Prominent regime critic Maryam Alkhawaja was detained at Bahrain International Airport on Friday as she tried to enter the country

Index calls on Bahrain government to free Nabeel Rajab

Index calls on Bahrain government  to free Nabeel Rajab

Index on Censorship has called upon the Bahraini government to release 2012 Index  Freedom of Expression Award winner Nabeel Rajab and other prisoners of conscience

Bahrain: Verdict in trial for 13 activists postponed

Bahrain’s Court of Cassation today postponed issuing a verdict in the appeal of 13 opposition activists, including well-known human rights activist and Bahrain Center for Human Rights founder Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. The verdict will now be issued on 7 January, a request to release the activists pending the verdict was rejected. The

Index award winner released from Bahraini prison

Index award winner released from Bahraini prison

Index on Censorship welcomes yesterday’s release of prominent rights activist and Index 2012 Award winner Nabeel Rajab, and calls for all charges against the activist to be dropped

Bahrain: Abdulhadi Alkhawaja ends hunger strike

Prominent Bahraini rights activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja ended his hunger strike yesterday (28 May), according to his lawyer, Mohammad Al-Jishi. Alkhawaja, who was on hunger strike for 110 days, started his hunger strike on 8 February saying that he would strike until “freedom or death”.  The former head of Bahrain Centre for

Time to stop doing business with Bahrain

Time to stop doing business with Bahrain

Bahrainis still suffer with human rights abuse, torture and political imprisonment, says Sara Yasin. Despite its supporters' "astonishment", it's no wonder that the world was "hostile" to its Grand Prix

Bahrain: Blood on the track

International outrage over failed reforms and violent protests will not stop the Bahrain Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend - Index examines the controversial sporting fixture.

UK: Activists climb Bahrain Embassy to protest human rights violations and Grand Prix

Two activists climbed to the roof of the Bahrain embassy in London yesterday. Prominent opposition activist Ali Mushaima was joined by Moosa Abdali  to protest human rights violations in Bahrain, ahead of this weekend’s controversial Grand Prix. The pair scaled scaffolding on a neighbouring building in Belgrave Square. Mushaima claimed he was protesting in

Bahrain Grand Prix should not proceed

Bahrain Grand Prix should not proceed

Index's new CEO Kirsty Hughes calls on the organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix to cancel the race

Free Abdulhadi Alkhawaja

Free Abdulhadi Alkhawaja

Open letter: Bahrain risks instigating a collapse of its civic society if it fails to release activist and hunger striker Abdulhadi Alkhawaja. Index joins rights organisations, politicians and academics in calling on Bahrain's ruler to release him immediately

Bahrain: Hunger strike activist collapses

Bahraini activist Abdulhadi Alkhawaja collapsed last night while on hunger strike. Alkhawaja, who went on hunger strike ahead of the February 14 anniversary of mass protests in Bahrain, was taken to the hospital where he was given IV treatment without his consent. The activist’s lawyer reported Alkhawaja showed serious signs of fatigue and had

Bahrain: Daughter of activist goes on hunger strike

Zainab Alkhawaja, daughter of human rights activist and former president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, Abdulhadi Alkhawaja, has gone on hunger strike demanding that authorities release her father and three other members of her immediate family. Security forces are alleged to have used excessive and violent force in